1. The Fundamentals
You and your horse will never outgrow the benefits of frequent use of these core exercises. Grab a lead line and practice, practice, practice.
It all starts here. Regular ground work helps to create and maintain a calm, respectful horse, sensitive to your cues and an eager, willing partner.
Once your ground work is satisfactory, use these basic exercises under saddle to get (and keep) you and your horse on the same wavelength and working as a team.
The lessons learned in A Good Grounding and Grounded in the Saddle all come together in the workout. Here, Kate puts student-horse Dixie through her paces.
2. Horsemanship Tips
There is no end to the tips and tricks one collects throughout a lifetime of horsemanship. I hope you find these useful.
Above all, do no harm and don't get hurt — make these common–sense rules a part of your life with horses.
A kick means "go" and a yank means "stop," right? Wrong.
You'll get the most out of this important piece of tack if you use it correctly.
Your dog comes when called. Your horse can, too.
3. Horse Husbandry
Tips for keeping your best friend healthy and happy.
Horse ownership doesn't have to be an energy-guzzling hobby. Please consider these conservation tips.
Keep your horses happier and healthier by using stalls sparingly.
Does one of your horses need much less grass than his herd-mates? A grazing muzzle is the answer.
4. Barn, Paddock, Pasture, and Trailer
Tricks for all around the farm.
Use a motion-sensing switch to control your barn's fan.
Don't just dump it in the woods. Composting manure is easy and renders this 'waste' both valuable and pleasant to be around.
If your barn is on well water, do you have a plan for emergency watering if the power goes off for a week?
A properly hung gate looks good and works great.
The least expensive implement you can buy for your tractor is one of the best for your pastures.